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The "Patrick" Collection
of Naval Militaria, History & Related

Flag of Truce Covers

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Lot 129

Confederate States, "By Flag of Truce", manuscript endorsement on a folded letter datelined Charlotte, N.C., Christmas 1864, and franked with a pen-canceled 10¢ greenish blue and sent to Union-occupied Norfolk, Va.; the letter should have entered the U.S. Postal System at Old Point Comfort, Va., but is without the required U.S. stamp—most unusual; the letter, which is from H. Ashton Ramsey, Chief Engineer on the C.S.S. Virginia to his wife, lamenting their separation as she cares for her sick father; has some repaired internal separations, but is otherwise Fine and quite readable, signed P.A. Kaufmann.
Estimate $750 - 1,000

H. Aston Ramsey was the chief engineer on the USS
Merrimack. With the war, he resigned his commission, joined the Confederate Navy and was intrumental in the conversion of Merrimack to CSS Virginia. He then served as her chief engineer. With the imminent fall of Norfolk, he was ordered to move the shipyard to Charlotte, NC, where he commanded the yard and the 1500 workers there.
Realized $475.
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